Wednesday, September 22, 2021

5 Oregon counties vote in favor of joining Idaho

Five Oregon counties reportedly voted to possibly leave their state and join Idaho as part of an effort that, according to supporters, would better align with their conservative political views.

Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker and Lake counties voted Tuesday that local government officials would begin considering the move to Greater Idaho, according to unofficial results released by local news sales.

Oregon Provinces Union and Jefferson Vote similar last year to require officials to join to join Idaho.

“This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon,” Mike McCarter, president of Citizens for Greater Idaho, which supported the movement, said in a statement. “If we are allowed to vote for which government officials we want, we must also be allowed to vote for which government we want.”


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Supporters of President Donald Trump are protesting on January 1 against the outcome of the 2020 election at Oregon’s Capitol in Oregon.

Citizens for Greater Idaho called Oregon’s current border “obsolete,” arguing that it “makes no sense” for rural, conservative Oregonians who are otherwise less than underrepresented in their state.

Nearly 57% of Oregon voted for Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential election, while nearly 64% of Idaho voted for Donald Trump. The counties that voted for Biden in Oregon were all in the northwestern part of the state, while the remaining part of the state turned red for Trump.

McCarter said his organization plans to collect enough signatures in other Oregon counties to hold similar votes. The organization has also expressed interest in parts of Northern California joining the expanded state.

“Great Idaho will be in Douglas, Harney and probably several other counties where citizens are still collecting signatures or asking land commissioners to vote for them,” McCarter said.

The chances of success are actually slim, Associated Press reported, as both the Oregon and Idaho legislatures, as well as the U.S. Congress, would have to sign off on the change.

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5 Oregon counties vote in favor of joining Idaho
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